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  • James Menzies
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    Driver pay among list of top industry issues

    October 17, 2019 7:59AM by James Menzies

    Last month in this space, I wrote about the impact driver and equipment detention is having on the industry. This year, for the first time, the issue appeared on the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) annual list of top industry

  • Angela Splinter
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    Join us as Women with Drive hits the road

    October 15, 2019 8:11AM by Angela Splinter

    Including more women in the trucking and logistics industry is an important issue for fleets across the country. Our Women with Drive networking initiative is designed to help, and we’re pleased to tell you that the program is expanding thanks

  • Angela Splinter
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    Big HR tips for small fleets

    October 1, 2019 7:09AM by Angela Splinter

    No matter the size of the company, a business cannot thrive without a team of reliable, competent, well-managed people. And smaller companies face more challenges in this regard. Small business owners often have a strong understanding of their industry but

  • Derek Clouthier
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    Testing electric trucks today so we’re ready for tomorrow

    September 25, 2019 7:45AM by Derek Clouthier

    By the end of this year, there are expected to be 20 fast-charging (DCFC) and Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations installed across Southern Alberta. The project, called Peaks to Prairies, is aimed at increasing what is being called “electric

  • Doug Marcello
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    Crash preventability update: changes and lessons

    September 23, 2019 12:32PM by Doug Marcello

    As previously noted, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is continuing the crash preventability demonstration program in which certain types of accidents can be designated “nonpreventable”. However, in announcing the move, the FMCSA expanded the program. It also changed

  • Ray Haight
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    Measuring driver turnover in detail

    September 19, 2019 10:50AM by Ray Haight

    The following is an edited excerpt from Truckload Carriers Associations Driver Retention Project Plan Manual, Chapter 30. OBJECTIVE: Get much more granular in measuring driver turnover by focusing on sub-categories such as dispatch board, company driver vs. owner-operators, and entry-level

  • James Menzies
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    Costs of driver detention can no longer be ignored

    September 16, 2019 2:03PM by James Menzies

    The trucking industry has harvested every low-hanging fruit when it comes to improving efficiency and eliminating waste from the supply chain. With one glaring exception. Driver detention remains a costly issue that is too often ignored. Many fleets are too

  • Derek Clouthier
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    Calling changemakers this National Trucking Week

    September 2, 2019 10:35AM by Derek Clouthier

    The trucking industry has been grappling with a shortage of workers over many years. Right now, unemployment is low, many millennials remain uninterested in trades, and heavy-duty diesel trucks are viewed as significant contributors to climate change. These are trends

  • Roger McKnight
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    Apathy persists as federal election nears

    August 30, 2019 6:24AM by Roger McKnight

    I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’m told and have been told since grade school that there are a myriad of ways to cure hiccups. One way is to breathe into a paper bag – the color

  • Terry Shaw
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    Steering government in the right direction

    August 26, 2019 7:30AM by Terry Shaw

    As we enter into an election period, both provincially and federally, the output from governments has screeched to a halt. As I’m sure you already know, this is due to election laws that prevent governments from making certain announcements during

  • Derek Clouthier
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    Could prejudice be another factor in driver shortage?

    August 20, 2019 11:29AM by Derek Clouthier

    Underlying prejudices tend to be a subject no one particularly enjoys talking about, but it’s something that needs to be discussed, including within the trucking industry. That’s not to say trucking is full of bigots. In fact, the vast majority

  • Roger McKnight
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    Trump’s see-saw China policies rattle oil markets

    August 19, 2019 7:12AM by Roger McKnight

    Admonish the thought (out, damned spot!) that there is no political element in the day-to-day changes in the value of crude oil or its refined derivatives. To compensate, add the thought that I am convinced U.S. President Donald Trump and

  • James Menzies
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    Making driver appreciation a year-round event

    August 15, 2019 10:40AM by James Menzies

    National Trucking Week will be celebrated across Canada Sept. 1-7, but winning fleets – and even manufacturers – have come to the realization driver appreciation should be celebrated year-round. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud all fleets and suppliers that

  • Roger McKnight
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    The news story that just won’t go away…

    July 30, 2019 7:23AM by Roger McKnight

    There’s this one particular news story that just won’t go away, and it has a surprise ending — or is it just the beginning? I think, in the media world (a world within itself), this is called a teaser. An opening

  • Derek Clouthier
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    Third-party certification for ELDs a no-brainer, but comes with side-effects

    July 29, 2019 9:00AM by Derek Clouthier

    So, electronic logging devices (ELDs) are finally coming to Canada in 2021. A little bit behind our neighbors to the south, but perhaps a blessing in disguise. It will be two years this December since the U.S. ELD mandate was